bunny rabbit sweater makeover

FastFashionFrenchConnection_GL_21jul09_pr_bI’ve had this French Connection sweater for years. I loved the rabbits and though my version was a ‘boyfriend’ sweater, meaning it was a little baggier than the one above, the sequins made it a little fancy. However, after years of wear and a general disdain for handwashing fragile items (when will I learn?) my rabbits were looking a little worse for wear. So, time for a makeover!

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I started by removing all the sequins. Some came off really easily, others took a bit of work. I was sitting on the floor rather than at my desk, so of course our dog Rum wanted to inspect everything while I was working.

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Once I removed all the sequins, I discovered there was a stitched outline of both rabbits. I knew I wanted to add some patterned kitenge fabric to the sweater, and was brainstorming various shapes I could use. But when I saw the outline, I decided to save myself the effort of unpicking it all and stick with the bunny design.

I didn’t snap photos, but I cut out two paper patterns and use them to cut out the fabric. I cut out bigger bunnies, so I could fold a small hem. And then I hand stitched them to the sweater.

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Ta da! The old becomes new. The colours remind me of autumn leaves and I’m rather happy to have another warm piece in this rather cold Nairobi weather.

Next project: Find a tailor to turn the rest of that maroon fabric into a pretty dress. The material has a gorgeous bird print on it but it’s not too bright and busy, so I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it wherever we are.

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